Well, the New Year is certainly moving along isn't it? I can't believe we are already halfway into February. And of course, as you can tell by my blog, I haven't made but just one entry since 2008 arrived. I have great intentions, just not enough time to fulfill those intentions. Well, actually, time is not the problem, management of my time is the problem, which will definitely be the topic of future blog entries.
For now, let me just give everyone a quick update on what is happening in our lives.
Kayla got off to college again on January 22 and her classes have been going well so far. The newest thing happening in her life is that she is about to get braces put on. In fact, tomorrow is the day she gets the bottom braces put on. Then, somewhere between 6 and 10 visits later, she will get the top braces put on. The prognosis right now is that she will have them on for about 30 months.
Shelby is adjusting to life as a mama and is doing very well at that actually. I always knew that she would make a great mama as that is really all she has ever wanted to do. She wants to get married too (not anytime soon though), and of course her dad and I would have preferred the marriage first, then baby later for her, but things don't always go the way we hope or expect them too. But despite all that, God is good to us and Shelby is doing great. She just went back to work at Sonic also - she works twice a week for about 5 hours each time - and she is glad to do that, though misses Jalen when she is gone. We live just about 3 minutes from her work and are able to take Jalen to her when he needs fed and her boss is wonderful about letting her take a break to feed him, so she is really blessed.
Jalen is growing and getting bigger everyday. He is starting to actually smile now and not just when he has gas...lol He is staying awake longer and looking around at things, and especially loves to look at light. He really is a very happy and content baby and only fusses when he is hungry. What a blessing he has truly been to our lives!
Lindsay is doing well also. She is very diligent about getting her school work done and her dad is working with her on her science, which has been a good thing for the both of them. She is also very involved with our church's drama team and has been practicing a lot lately with them. She has also been working out with my sister in law as they have both joined a "Biggest Loser" competition at our local family/youth center.
Tom is doing well and his job is going great. There was an issue recently that he went through at work that we saw God literally do a miracle in that was so encouraging to us. Whoever says God doesn't hear our heart's prayers and answers them just doesn't know the God we serve. He is enjoying having a grandson too... he was great when our girls were little and he is still great with little ones. He is also still teaching Sunday School and that is going very well, to God be the glory!
I am still working from home part-time doing medical transcription work, and of course still homeschooling the girls and I am loving being a Nana. I always write out my goals for a new year, but most years I never make it even through a couple of goals. This year, I am doing better, but still not where I want to be. One thing though that has definitely changed for me though, is that I am doing a lot more bible study and praying than I have ever done before and I feel like I am starting to see results of that in my life, which is exciting, encouraging, and certainly builds my faith. I am really anxious to see what God has in store for my life as I continue to build this habit in my life.
Some other new things so far this year that I have been doing is I have actually set dates for scrapbooking days at our church and have been actually getting some scrapbooking done. And a friend and I are going to try our hand at "batch cooking" this Friday to sort of get our feet wet so to speak. We have chosen 3 ground beef recipes and will make them up for the freezer, then the next week or so, we will try some chicken recipes. We are excited about this and hope it works out well for us. Then, we might do it at our church and invite more ladies.
So, that is the latest in our lives so far. I do feel like God is taking me to a new level in my walk with Him and I will be sharing what I am learning here in this blog. Also, I am learning how to manage my time a little better also, which will enable me to have the time to share in my blog, so hopefully, you will be hearing more from me soon.